31 August, 2014 - 16:24 Filed in: Farm Life
The dog days of summer came late, but drag on as we are on the edge of Labor Day. It's the last summer holiday and we have only to look forward to the fall and cooler weather now.
We had as good a summer as one can expect on our family farm. The berry season was late, lasted long and was successful. Vegetables were slow to start, faltered in some cases, but we have what we need. The Farmer's Market season continues on for another 11 weeks. Seems like the start back in April was ages ago. Nothing like those 4:00 am get-up and-go starts twice a week. We expect over 60 calves to start hitting the ground in six weeks. If all goes well, our sow will have drop babies in three late November.
Eva has been busy making all sorts of interesting jams. We have harvested plums, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apples, pears and more. The freezers are full of fruit waiting to be turned into wonderful jam. Now is pepper season and that is an entirely different type of sauce or jam. We smoked tubs of jalapeno red peppers today for sauces.
The fall gardens are planted and most of the plants are well on their way to bringing us nice coller weather vegetables. The tomatoes planted 6 weeks ago are now starting to produce for the fall.
Out in the berry patch we are working almost every day on pruning and row weed clearing. It seems like an endless task but in 2-3 weeks we will be finished until next spring.
The cabins have been very busy all summer and it continues. We enjoy meeting the interesting families that come out to see our farm and kick back relaxing by the lake.
31 August, 2014 - 16:23 Filed in: Life
Memories are wonderful if you do not have to deal with the past.
31 August, 2014 - 16:22 Filed in: Life
We are the sum of all the events in our life
21 August, 2014 - 10:08 Filed in: Cooking Class
September Farm to Fork Cooking Classes
Three opportunities in September to visit the farm and participate in one of Chef Eva's very unique cooking classes. All classes start at 11:00 AM Registration online www.greerfarm.com
September 6: Keeping Cool in Texas (An Oxymoron)
September 13: Breakfast Delights
September 27: The Art of Fermented Foods
Class details below
Keeping Cool in Texas (An Oxymoron) $80
August is the dog days of summer. It is hot as hell in every part of Texas with at least six weeks of hot days before the temps start to cool. You can beat the heat by preparing some savory dishes that are light, yet tasty. Really interesting is the combination of corn and coconut milk to make ice cream.
Peach lavender Aqua fresca
Heirloom tomato sandwich with basil pesto and fresh mozzarella
Balsamic roasted beet salad with Haute goat cheese (local cheese)
Green Gazpacho with shrimp and French bread croutons
Smoked salmon, avocado and sprouts spring roll
Coconut milk and fresh corn ice cream
Breakfast Delights $80
Our family has a tradition of preparing eggs benedict on Christmas morning. There is an art to this that you will acquire in this class and be able to impress your family when you prepare this unique dish. But why stop there when there are so many more interesting dishes that make breakfast a special meal.
Green onion and potato frittata
Mango berry banana smoothie
Scrambled eggs with prosciutto ham and spinach and Parmesan
The ultimate sticky buns
Eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce
The Art of Fermented Foods $80
One of the new trends in healthy living is to include fermented foods in your diet. Many might turn up their noses at this, but fermented foods can be tasty. Each of these is unique on its own. Step out and learn what’s vogue in today’s food world.
Sauerkraut or kimchi
Polish sour cucumbers